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Bethlehem Police Officer from Hellertown Subject of Lawsuit

A Bethlehem police officer from Hellertown who allegedly caused a Sept. 15 accident on the city's South Side is being sued—along with the city and the Bethlehem Police Department—by a 28-year-old woman who was injured in the crash.

A Bethlehem police officer from Hellertown who allegedly caused a Sept. 15 accident on the city's South Side is being sued—along with the city and the Bethlehem Police Department—by a 28-year-old woman who was injured in the crash, according to an article published by the Express-Times.

According to the story, the woman is claiming that police unsuccessfully tried to blame her for the crash, which the suit alleges was caused by officer William Audelo, 27, as he drove through a red light at an intersection near the Rt. 378 on-ramp without his unmarked police car's lights and sirens turned on.
Gerry Kranz January 24, 2014 at 07:26 AM
Treat him like he committed a driving violation in Hellertown! Was he Driving at Safe Speeds? It sounds like he had more than one wheel over the white line at a stop light.
Roger Jurczak January 24, 2014 at 01:36 PM
I'm curious as to why the writer of the article felt it important to identify the hometown or residence of the officer involved in this accident. I don't see residency adding or detracting from the incident. What comes next? the driver's eye or hair color? I don't get it!
Josh Popichak (Editor) January 24, 2014 at 02:50 PM
Roger... I added it because it's what makes this story relevant to a hyper-local audience when that audience is specifically Hellertown and Lower Saucon. It is news and it involves a person from Hellertown-Lower Saucon. If it were about a person from Catasauqua, for example, it wouldn't be published on this site.

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